Quercus alba L.
Quercus alba L. var. subcaerulea A.L. Pickens & M.C. Pickens
Quercus alba L. var. subflavea A.L. Pickens & M.C. Pickens
Eastern White Oak, White Oak
White oak is one of the most prominent native trees of North America. “White” is because the wood is lighter in color than pink-tinged red oak.
Identification: Trees reach heights of 65-80' (19-24 m), with a maximum recorded height of 182' (55 m). These trees live up to 600 years. Under the right conditions they have a very wide crown, with some branches growing sideways, almost parallel to the ground. Leaves are 4-8" (10-20 cm) long, with 5-9 lobes with rounded edges. In the fall, leaves turn purple-red. See the Quercus comparison table.
This robust hardwood is often used for furniture-making, along with red oak. White oak has finer pores than red oak. Both are durable, strong woods, with good dimensional stability.
Quercus alba on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook
Quercus alba on Wikipedia
Quercus alba at the University of Connecticut Plant Database
Quercus alba on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Quercus alba on Blue Planet Biomes
Quercus alba at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site
Quercus alba at the University of Florida Environmental Horticulture site
Quercus alba at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Quercus alba at the USDA Forest Service's Silvics of North America site
Quercus alba at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Quercus alba on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Quercus alba on eFloras
Quercus alba description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.